T.E. Moseley & Co., Boston
Costume accessories; Worn costume accessories; Legs; Feet; Footwear
Kid leather, kidskin, leather
1860s-1870s. Slippers. White kidskin shoe with a medium vamp (toe) having a recede toe construction (a flat, low profile with no toe box) and a sightly rounded square toe shape. The vamp is sewn to the quarters (backs) at the sides. The quarters are sewn together at center back. The vamp is decorated with a large multi-lobed silk ribbon bow. The cut ends of narrow cord or elastic ankle ties remain inside the shoes. All edges are bound with silk twill tape. The sole is leather with a knock-on leather-covered heel. The soles are undifferentiated left from right. Lined with cotton. A paper maker's label is glued to the insole. Professionally made. Hand-sewn.
Length: 24.1 cm / 9.5 in.
Width: 6 cm / 2.375 in.
Heel height: 2.9 cm / 1.125 in.
Gift of Mary Pepperrell Ffrost Sawyer, Margaret Hamilton Ffrost, and Elizabeth Rollins Ffrost. Likely worn by Martha Hale Low Ffrost (1842-1925), mother of the donors. Label: "T.E. Moseley & Co., Shoe Dealers, Cor. Of Summer and Hawley Streets, Boston"
University of New Hampshire Library
Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator
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Women's shoes (footwear), 1860s-1870s, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Slippers, Kidskin, White (color), Bows (costume accessories), Silk, Ankle ties, Twill tape, Leather sole, Knock-on heel, Leather-covered heel, Cotton lining, Maker's label, Professionally made, Hand-sewn, Ffrost Sawyer (donor), Hamilton Ffrost (donor), Rollins Ffrost (donor), Ffrost (donor), Frost (donor)